Terry Hawkridge reveals the two key attributes Notts County need to stay top of League Two


Terry Hawkridge believes Notts County must be “smart and strong” if they are to keep hold of top spot in League Two.

The leaguer leaders travel to Stevenage on Saturday as they look to stay at the summit, with Accrington Stanley and Luton Town breathing down their neck.

Notts have been top of the division on several occasions this season only to drop the baton, but so have other clubs which underlines the pressure of being the league’s most prized scalp.

But Hawkridge, who inspired Lincoln City to league title success last season, is hoping Notts can use their previous experience of being top to make sure they stay there this time around.

“We just have to be smart,” he said.

“We know teams are going to want to beat us just because we are top of the league.

“It’s all about being professional in your job and taking each game as it comes.

“We have to do our own thing and be strong.

“Obviously I have been there with Lincoln and we dealt with it really well.

“The manager there told us we were only as good as our last game. And I just think the squad here is going to have a major part to play.

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Notts County’s Terry Hawkridge (left) is hoping to stay top of League Two.

“You need to be able to rotate and we’ve got that. We’ve had players coming off the bench scoring winners and I think the squad is big enough to do the job.”

After missing the Checkatrade Trophy defeat against Lincoln City on Tuesday as most of the first-team squad were given the night off, Hawkridge is expected to be restored to the side at the Lamex Stadium.

He has been excellent in the last few games and produced a wonderful performance against Newport and against Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup.

The former Carlton Town and Scunthorpe United winger is now hoping the goals will soon start to follow, although says his main ambition this term is to win promotion to League One.

“I am hoping to score more goals this season,” said Hawkridge, who broke his duck against former club Lincoln back in September.

“It would be great if I could do that but obviously my main aim is to get out of this league.

“I think with the group here we can achieve anything.

“It’s down to us now and if we can do what we have been doing in the last couple of weeks we will be fine.”



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